Photo: Top ten goalies in the world ranked by goals scored
Sao Paulo Goalie Rogerio Ceni became the leader of this list earlier this week by scoring the 100th goal of his career, against Corinthians.
In soccer, the ideal match for someone like Leo Messi is one where the ball keeps being passed to him, and by a mix of good reflexes and sheer luck, soccer ball-shaped spaces keep opening in between opponents for him to kick that ball through and score, score and score; but wherever there’s a stellar striker, there’s a humiliated goalie, the ideal match of a goalie is one where he doesn’t have to move.
That’s a short end of a stick, if there was ever one. It is an unwritten law that if the team looses, ten players are victims and the goalie is to blame, and if the team slaughters 7-0, ten sweaty players scored 7 glorious goals while the goalie just hung out.
There’s a few goalies however, who push the confined limits of the penalty box around the white frame, and take heart-stopping risks for the sake of singing a goal themselves. And there are those whose sheer leg power makes them the number one team choice for executing a free kick.
Below, the top ten goalies as ranked by the amount of (non penalty-kick) goals they have scored.
1. Rogerio Ceni (Brasil) 100 goals (Officially 98, as 2 goals were scored in non-official matches)
2. José Luis Chilavert 62 (Paraguay, retired)
3. René Higuita 41 (Colombia, retired)
4. Jorge Campos 40 (México, retired)
5. Dimitar Ivankov (Bulgaria) 40
6. Johny Martín Vegas (Perú) 39
7. Fernando Castro (Costa Rica) 33
8. Álvaro Alfaro (El Salvador) 31
9. Hans Jörg Butt (Germany) 28
10. Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria) 24